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're going to go to final vote. under harry reid's first six years, he had to file 391 petitions. and these petitions take up a whole week because they were designed for that rare exception, years apart. when this is done every week and there's not three her 91 weeks and they say shepard, you can see how the senate has been brought to its knees. we only got one appropriation bill done in the last two years out of 24. we can talk about the disclose act which was mentioned. we never got to a final vote on the disclose vote because we could only get 59 centers -- said tuesday yes, let's close the debate a little bit final vote. the dream act got a majority but not a super majority. a replacement to the sequestered got a majority but not a super majority. so we need to change this. we need to get rid of the filibuster on the motion to proceed to the floor. straight up or down vote. are you on the floor or are you not? we need to get rid of it on conference committees. right now there's no conference committee on the budget even though the senate passed a budget and the house passed a
appointment so he needs to be confirmed by the senate. harry reid wants action on all of these people. if it doesn't happen, then he is going to, well, trigger the nuclear option -- at least that is what threat. at the meeting at the center for american progress where he urged the nuclear option. members of the senate, they are really skeptical harry reid will do this. he is an institutionalist. he has respect for the rules. he doesn't want to cause a partisan meltdown fairly early in the 100 13th congress. what the nuclear option is, changing the rules to a simple majority vote. he isle change that looking at is taking away republicans' ability to filibuster nominees. if he would trigger the nuclear option, with the simple majority vote, republicans could no longer -- or the minority in general -- could no longer filibuster nominees. or down he could get up votes and get them confirmed in fairly short order. but there are members of his caucus who do not support this plan. they said it would turn the senate into the house by eliminating the supermajority threshold on a very important
of an effort to temper the fight over a rule change proposed by harry reid will that allow nominations to pass with a simple majority. it sparked heated words. take a listen. >> no matter how often mie friend rudely talks about me not breaking my word, i'm not going to respond talking about how many times he's broken his word. >> this is a sad day for the united states senate and if we don't pull back from the brink here, my friend the majority leader will be remembered add the worst leader of the senate ever. >> strong words there. joining us is rachel bade and reid wilson. we've talked about this battle before. the issue of the nuclear option and senator reid has brought it up in previous sessions. will it happen this time? will it happen on tuesday? >> the thing that's different in pref previous senates is the fact the caucus is changing. there's older democrats to guys like chris murphy who replaced leiberman. michael bennett in colorado. jeff murkley in oregon. there's in new generation of democrats who are chafing at the slow pace of action. they are pushing this rule change and democrat
>> thank you. >> harry reid and mitch change todebated a senate rules for filibusters. senator reid he said he may take its option because prevented president obama from picking the people he wanted. senator mcconnell said the filibuster change would be unprecedented. this is next on c-span. the house passed a revised farm bill today about food stamp and nutrition spending. , a look at the military and political situation in afghanistan. the new senior root -- congressional porter from political joining us. the meeting? of >> it sounds like harry reid is ready to go forward with the nuclear option, to change the senate rules by 51 votes, rather than the normal threshold of 67 votes. the higher threshold is usually your -- usually set to make it harder to occur. he says he is so frustrated with the use of the majority party to block legislation moving forward that he will invoke this very unusual procedure to change the rules by 51 votes. we want to vote -- change the filibuster rules so no longer 60 votes will be required to facinge a filibuster presidential nominees for executive b
. the banana wars sunday at 1:00 p.m. >> senate majority leader harry reid says he has the 51 leaders -- votes needed to change rules on the filibuster. democrats say republicans are using the filibuster to block president obama's nominees. republicans say they will block nominees. the heritage foundation hosted a discussion. here is a brief look. that right now senator reid does not have 60 votes in his caucus. he is supposedly going to use the nuclear option to change all of that. this is not the first time this issue has come up. was theator bill frist and wasajority leader being frustrated by votes on judicial nominations, he proposed the nuclear option. gang oflt was that a 14, seven republicans and seven democrats, worked together and no, to the floor and said, we are not going down that road. that was enough to stop senator france. result ofpe that as a the caucus on monday night, there might be a similar group that would come to the floor and say, do not go down that road. what happened in 1975 when the senate did go down that road, the repercussions lasted for years. years.terness las
are in college, and 60% of them have to take out student loans. so when senate majority leader harry reid tells us that he's not looking for a compromise, i would encourage him to think about haley, think about these college students, think about millions of others across the country. as members of congress, we're here to make life easier for students that want to go to college, want to get an education, want to find a job. and instead we see just the opposite. we see fighting internally instead of passing a solution. i urge them to act quickly to put students first, not washington politics. >> you know, republicans have acted to stop student loans interest rates from doubling and to make college more affordable for students across the country including these students that are right here behind me. the white house and senate democrats have let these students down. frankly, i think they deserve better. it's time for the president to lead, it's time for him to bring senate democrat leaders together and develop a solution. the house has done its job. it's time for the senate and the white house to
harry reid feels sorry for speaker john boehner. jim vandehei tells us why. first bill karins with a check on the forecast. >> good morning to you, willie. we haven't had a lot of bad weather, tornadoes or flooding in our country lately, but in china, a different story. bridges and buildings washed away. impressive flooding shot out of sichuan province, southwest portion of that province. look at that building washed away in those floodwaters. incredible stuff. chantal, this was the storm that formed two, three days ago which now traveling through the caribbean. the warm waters. last night it almost fell apart completely. a little bit left of this storm. i have very little concerns about this storm as it approaches florida and the southeast. it will bring some rain, maybe localized flooding but it will not be a devastating storm for the southeast. travel trouble spot this morning is pittsburgh to cleveland. lot of heavy rain for you in the ohio valley up through areas of the northeast. later today you will deal with thunderstorms and the potential for isolated severe weather.
. senator republican leader mitch mcconnell blasting the democratic leader harry reid for preparing to move forward what is now called the nuclear option to change the senate rules. john king must be here to break it down. any time i hear nuclear option i know i have to talk to you. in covering congress i know that when they often fight about procedure often when they don't think they're getting their way, but this was pretty vicious in what mitch mcconnell was saying towards harry reid. let's show folks what he said and then we'll talk about it. listen to this. >> this is really a sad, sad day for the united states senate and if we don't pull back from the brink here, my friend, the majority leader, is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever. >> reporte >> the worst leader of the senate ever this is over harry reid threatening to change the rules and limiting filibusters as it relates to presidential nominees. presidential nominees, what's going on? >> let's first put "my friend" in quotation marks. these two have been at this for six or seven years as the leaders par
and majority leader harry reid has invited all senators to the old senate chamber to discuss changing the senate rules on filibusters of executive nominations. friday, former senate parliamentarian talked about the history of debate over senate rules in 1975 and 2005. >> now, it is true that right now senator harry reid does not have 60 votes in his caucus. and he is supposedly going to use "the nuclear option" to change all of that. that is not the first time this issue came up. when senator bill frist was the senate majority leader and was being frustrated by votes on judicial nominations, he proposed the nuclear option, and the result was that a gained of sevenained of 14, republicans, seven democrats, worked together and came to the ,loor and said "now, -- no we're not going down that road." that was enough to stop senator frisk. ofould hope that as a result thereucus on monday nine might be a similar -- monday night, there might be a similar group that would come to the floor and would say do not go down this road. i can tell you, having seen what happened in 1975, when the senat
demonstration on the senate floor when the two leaders, mitch mcconnell and the republican leader harry reid, the democratic leader were fighting over the potential for changing filibuster rules which democrats might want to do to get some of the president's appointees through more quickly. republicans have been holding them up and it triggered this bit of trash talk which was greater than i've seen in a long time. take a listen to this. >> these are dark days in the history of the senate. we witnessed the majority leader break his word to the united states senate. >> no matter how often my friend rudely talks about me not breaking my word, i'm not going to respond talking about how many times he's broken his word. >> what the majority leader has been saying here all along is he wants the confirmation process to be speedy, and for the minority to sit down and shut up. and if we don't pull back from the brink here, my friend, the majority leader, will be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever. >> there is lots of time for name calling. i'm going to continue to try to speak in a ton
is there is a split among senate democrats. we will see how they work that out. senate majority leader harry reid is trying to get the house republicans to volt on bipartisan reed notes there is nothing wrong with voting on a bills that moderates from both parties can support. >> eventually he will be forced to take up the bill that we have passed here where the country will be left with no immigration reform at all which is a bad, bad outcome. the speaker should dispense with posturing and delay and should do the right thing and he should do it now. >> boehner says he does not intend to take up the senate bill. the house will township its own, shep? >> shepard: mike, congress may break a record this year for being unproductive. last year the record low in the history of the nation since analysts started keeping track anyway back in 1947. this year congress has passed just 15. police in georgia say they have arrested the son of the nfl star lawrence taylor on statutory rape charges. cops in suburban atlanta say lawrence taylor jr. is accused of having sex with two underaged girls. back in 2011 hi
in some effect. it's a filibuster fight. the majority leader harry reid and senate democrats threatening for months. they are moving ahead ready to force confirmation votes on a series of the president's most contentious appointees. democrats will vote to change rules if republicans continue to block the president's nominees. a rule change would mean reid could overcome a filibuster. "the new york times" reports the fight would be limited in scope to the president's immediate team. it would not touch judicial appointees or legislation. this is just about executive branch nominees, people that would be term limited once the president leaves office. democrat leaders believe the limited change could be sold to the caucus and public more easily than a broader revision. some senate democrats reluctant to consider a change to how the body functions. first up, the nominees to the national labor relations board, which is really what the fight is about. it's become focal point between business and labor. three members are serving after president nominated them. back door nominations are constitut
leading the charge on filibuster reform. i cheer you on in the democratic process. harry reid, we're taking it serious this time, we're going to get tough, we're going to get serious and again and again and again it doesn't happen. there has been no nuclear option, has been no change of the rules. is something going to change now over this? what are you hearhearing? what are you seeing in the caucus? >> i think we're ready for a major showdown over nominations. the president has said, how can i run an executive branch if i can't get my folks who are nominated up for a vote? indeed, he's absolutely right. the advice and consent clause of the constitution was set in a simple majority framework. not a supermajority. the founders warned against the evils of a supermajority, creating dysfunction. it simply doesn't fit with three equal branches of government that one branch and actually part of one branch, the u.s. senate, should be able to disable judiciary and the executive branch. >> 40% of half a branch, which i guess is 20% of a branch, which is 1/3, so about 7% of the government o
, but senate majority leader harry reid said the pressure is building. >> he is saying the bipartisan bill that we've done he is not going to touch that. well, we're going to continue to press. the american people, the vast majority of the american people-- democrats and republicans-- support what we did. >> sreenivasan: we'll have more on immigration later in the program tonight. the death toll has risen to 15 in saturday's fiery train wreck in canada. officials said 50 people are still missing in the small town in quebec. they also announced they've opened a criminal investigation into what caused the wreck but gave no details. canada's largest city tried to dry out today after nearly four inches of rain triggered flash floods last night. the severe storm that hit toronto left at least 300,000 people without power. the city's downtown core was dotted with cars that people abandoned as the water rose. the subway system was also swamped, with many metro stations under water. one double-decker commuter train stalled in the flood, trapping about 1,400 passengers during the evening rush hour.
on the hill this week, the trash talk between mcconnell and harry reid. let's hear it, then i want a sense from not going to respond talking about how many times he's broken his word. >> my friend, the majority leader, is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever. the leader of the senate who fundamentally changed the body. it makes me sad. >> his name calling -- i guess he follows, i hope not, the demagoguic theory that the more you say something, people will start believing it. >> dems threatening to use the nuclear option. what happens next? >> on monday, all parties will have a meeting to talk about this. that's really unusual. they're going to use the old senate chamber, which is a nod to history that rarely happens. the idea behind this would be to change the rules. the real reason this is so upsetting to members who are republicans now in the minority is they feel like this is an abuse of their rights. they're trying to warn democrats that if you do this and the tables are turned and you're in the minority down the line, you won't like it so much. so it is about
of the president's nominees. if that change happens by senate majority leader harry reid it will likely happen as a new homeland scatter is coming up for confirmation. >> some other news, the department of justice said they're revising their policy on leak investigations. thoughts? >> two sessions of that. one deals with the ap and the concerns there, and what exactly could be done about the scope of those investigations. the recommend, as we're seeing it, is to tell the news organization they're being looked at in a number of different ways and they can go to a judge and stop that ahead of time. and the second part has to do with james rosen, and frankly, just reading what the remedy is, not sure that it deals with all of the things that james rosen dealt with, being named a co-cop -- coconspirator and being a flight risk. reading our the rules are being type up here, we'll have to see. >> thank you so much. you can catch special report tonight at 6:00 p.m. eastern. >> the tapes are out. the dispatchers trip up. >> we have reports of it. we're aware of the situation. >> there are no ambulance
to temper the heated debate over a rule change proposed by democratic majority leader, harry reid. it would allow presidential nominations to pass with a simple majority. president obama has complained that republicans have held up his appointments for some two years now. joining me to talk about this, from the white house, with the latest, is nbc news's kirsten welker. good morning, kristen. the fight really got personal this week. how is the white house handling that? >> reporter: oh, it did get perm, betty, and very heated. look, senator reid is essentially threatening no use this nuclear option, which as you point out, would mean that executive branch nominees could get through the senate with 51 votes as opposed to the 60 that they currently need, essentially ending republicans' ability to filibuster. reid says this is necessary, because there is unprecedented obstructionism, but minority leader mitch mcconnell has said that if reid moves forward with this, he could go down in history as the worst leader of the senate ever. so it certainly did get personal. the white house has signaled
more to pay for this, and harry reid just a few weeks ago said we need more money for obamacare because $2 trillion apparently wasn't enough. and republicans on capitol hill, rightfully, pretty much just laughed in his face. that's not happening short term. but in the long term, this is the real problem, charles. one of the most disturbing things that the administration has done is they have effectively waived for at least a year the verification elements to make sure that people who apply for these expensive subsidies in obamacare actually qualify for them. and as a result, you're going to get a lot of fraud and abuse. their goal is to act as a magnet, get as many people onto government health care as possible reliant on the government for their health care -- >> right. >> because their long play here is sickle-payer, government-run -- >> that's cynicism. >> if that comes, then say good-bye to american health care exception amism and say -- >> american health care exceptionalism. charles: you've got to admit, rick, he makes some points there. >> he made some great points. charles: you
to school. that's a big difference of what came from the house. >> senate majority leader harry reid says he won't introduce any bill that ties student loan rates to the markets. the white house says it's not favoring one particular proposal. it just wants congress to fix this as soon as possible. >>> the biggest u.s. grocer is moving into the greater washington area. kroeger announced it will buy the harris teeter chain for $2.4 billion. the deal will give kroeger a presence in northern virginia and move is into the district, maryland and delaware for the very first time. as part of the agreement, kroeger will assume $100 million of harris teeter's debt. kroeger says it also has no plans to close any stores. >> i like kroegers. i like them. that's cool. >>> still ahead, today's testimony in the george zimmerman trial could turn on a ruling about some text messages. we'll tell you why coming up. >>> an indian that college professor in this area does some research. we'll >>> it is 5:38. we'll worry about more showers and potential thunderstorms but as you look outside this morning, pretty ski
harry reid scheduled a procedural vote for tomorrow. the bill would restore the interest rate on federal student loans to 3.4% for one year. interest rates doubled to 6.8% last week. congress can retroactively reduce interest rates. most students do not take out loans until the beginning of the fall semester. >>> 5:55. new information that shows all that money you're spending in stores is actually giving the economy a boost. cnbc's courtney reagan live with that story for your money. courtney, good morning. >> hi, good morning, aaron. consumers broke out their credit cards in may, just another sign they're more optimistic about the economy. the federal reserve says consumer credit jumped 8%, the biggest monthly gain in a year. the biggest chunk of consumer debt is what's known as nonrevolving credit or student and car loans but the fastest growing segment is revolving credit or credit cards. that may show a willingness by people to build up their balances. >>> well, apple's app store is sell bratding its fifth birthday today, and many developers are marking the occasion by giving away fr
20 million students are called and 50% of them have to take out student loans. when harry reid tells us that he is not looking for a compromise, i would encourage him to think about haley and the college students and the others across the country. as members of congress, we are here to make life easier for students who want to get an education and find a job. instead we see the opposite. we see fighting internally and i urge congress to put students first and not washington politics. >> republicans have talked about the interest rates doubling. to make college more affordable, including students and right here behind me. senate democrats and the white house have let these students down. and frankly i think that they deserve better. it is time for the president to lead entering the democrat leaders together and develop a solution. the house has done its job. isn't now time for the senate to do its job. it is very close to what the president offered in his budget earlier this year. the failure to lead on student loans is part of the president's larger issue, and that is the failure to
other distinguished public servant said the same thing in his book in 2007. this is what harry reid said in his book about, when he wrote about the nuclear option. he was talking about the then-majority leader senator frist. he decided to pursue a rules change that would kill the filibuster for judicial nominations -- the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. mr. alexander: i'll be through in just a minute. i ask consent to speak another minute. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: the leader said, senator frist of tennessee was majority leader and decided to pursue a rules change that would kill the filibuster for judicial nominations. this is harry reid writing. once you open that pandora's box, it was just a matter of time before a senate leader who couldn't get his way on something -- on something moved to eliminate the filibuster for regular business as well. and senator reid wrote that, simply put, would be the end of the united states senate. i do not want senator reid to have written on his tombstone he presided over the end of the united states s
for "politico" joining us. what came out of the meeting between majority leader harry reid and the proposed changing to filibuster rules? >> it sounds like harry veed ready to go forward be a so called nuclear option fop change the senate rules by 51 votes rather than the normal threshold of 67 votes that higher threshold is usually set name harder for rules changes to cur. reid said he's frustrated with the use the minority party to block nomination and legislation from moving forward that he is going to invoke very usual procedure to change the rules by 51 votes. what reid wants to do in the nuclear option to essentially change the filibuster rules so no longer will 60 votes be required to confirm to overcome a filibuster facing presidential nominees for executive branch positions. so only effect the executive branch positions, not judicial nominee, not legislation, coming forward reid wants to move forward so no longer can senator block a nominee for the epa, labor department, the deafen department by requiring 60 votes instead 51 votes would be required to move forward. a majority of th
leader harry reid yesterday suggesting the so-called nuclear option as a way for moving forward with current executive nominees awaiting confirmation. this was the topic of discussion at the heritage foundation in washington d.c. here is a little from that event. >> it is true that right now senator reid does not have 60 votes in his caucus. he is supposedly going to use the nuclear option to change all that. this is not the first time this issue has come up. when senator bill frist was the senate majority leader and was being frustrated by votes on judicial nominations, he proposed the nuclear option. the result was that ag gang of 14, seven republicans and seven democrats worked together and came to the floor and said no. we are not going down the road. that was enough to stop senator frist. i would hope that as a result of the carcass on monday night there might be a similar group that would come to the floor and say, do not go down this road. i can tell you, having seen what happened to in 1975 when the senate did go down the road, the repercussions was it for years. end the
election cycle, which we will get to. also worked for harry reid, who some of you may have heard of and also worked on campaigns around the country. to the right, we have jeff mcintosh, the communications director at emily's list. hopefully everyone here knows emily's list. working to elect pro-choice then candidates all over country, stop the assault on women's rights and keep people like todd akin and richard murdoch from getting reelected. she also has one of the best twitter feeds on all of the internet. you are going to thank me later. follow her right away. to the right is james carter as fourth, you may know him the researcher behind the 47% tape, which was kind of a big deal in the 2012 election. is the guy who helped make that whole thing happen. , he now has his own research firm, carter research and is consulting for media matters for america, the media 'atchdog foreign and fox news site. all the way at the end is amanda, and all-around amazing reporter and editor at the huffington post. fans outf you seinfeld and inthere is a line -- she isffice we say just an all-aro
on the agenda. what is next for that? >> we expect when senate majority leader harry reid returns he will hammer that issue, emphasizing the importance of the gang of plan the senate passed and impress the -- we got monthly memo from house majority leader eric cantor. in it he writes, the house may begin consideration of the border security measures that have been passed by the homeland security and judiciary committees and begin reviewing other immigration proposals. so, cantor is signaling they may take it up as soon as this month. pieces of immigration reform but not the bigby part sawn plan that was passed through the senate. jenna? >> we'll watch it when they get back to work, mike. thank you so much. >> there is new bloodshed to report in egypt. at least 51 supporters of ousted president mohammed morsi are dead, more than 400 wounded after troops opened fire outside of a military building in cairo. the violence threatens to further split the country as the top muslim cleric is warning of all-out civil war. conor powell streaming live from cairo. he has the latest for us. conor? >> reporter
really sis on all -- paralysis on all fronts, on nominees, executive nominees. this morning, harry reid is going to go to the floor and speak to a piece of that. the executive nominations. and say this is intolerable. we had a deal in january. in which mitch mcconnell promised to return to the norms and traditions of the u.s. senate regarding nominations. that hasn't materialized. and now we need to be much bolder in addressing this because the u.s. senate, a minority of the u.s. senate is proceeding to paralyze the presidency. it is unacceptable. >> bill: so you mention three areas so it is legislation right. executive and then judicial. >> yes. >> bill: in all three the filibuster is being used and abused. >> absolutely. >> bill: right. and my understanding was -- and we talked to you and to senator udall at the time about -- in january, a rule change was possible with just 51 votes at the beginning of the session, is that correct? >> well, yes, it is possible at any time. >> bill: oh, it is. >> the constitution allows you to organize yourself. it doesn't say specifically first day bu
option would be incredibly damaging. this is the word of majority leader harry reid when he wrote a book in march of 2009. the nuclear option was the most important issue i have ever worked on in my entire career. if that had gone forward it would have destroyed the senate as we know it. it's not the only thing harry reid has mentioned about rigging the rules to change the rules. he said in violating 270 meters is standard procedure in the senate changing the rules by breaking the rules is as far as you can get with the constitutional option necessary for people to suggest you can break the rules to change the rules as un-american. the only way can change the rule in this body is through a rule that now says change the rule in the senate rules to break a filibuster still require 67 votes. you can't do it with 60 does. you certainly cannot do it with 51. now we are told the majority is going to do the so-called nuclear option. the parliamentarian would acknowledge it's legal. it's wrong, you can do it. they would overrule it. it was simply be we are going to do it because we have more vot
the greatest hits of the last election cycle. he worked for harry reid. jess macintosh, a director at emily's list. hopefully everyone knows emily's list. working with pro-choice candidates all over the country to stop the republican assault on women's rights. she has a great twitter feed. @jess_mc, follow her, right away. to the right, james carter. you may know him as the researcher behind the 47% take. it was kind of a big deal in the 2012 election. he is the guy who helped make that whole thing happen. kind of a big deal. he is consulting for media matters for america, the media watchdog thorn in fox news' side. all the way on the end, amanda terkel, who is a reporter and editor at "the huffington post." for all the seinfeld fans, we say "terkel," because she is oh is beating us on getting scoops. the first thing we want to do is run through the election cycle in research, in tracking. the greatest hits, if you will. i want to start off with james, to give us a little bit of background on the story of the 47% tape. >> ok. i had been doing this research, looking for videos about republic
loans. when harry reid tells us that he is not looking for a compromise, i would encourage him to think about haley and these college students and many others across the country. as members of congress, we are here to make life easier for students who want to go to college, those who want to get an education, they want to find a job. instead, we see just the opposite, we see fighting internally instead of passing a solution. i urge them to act quickly. put students first and not washington politics. >> republicans are back and interest rates are being stopped from dublin. to make college more affordable for students across the country, including the students right behind me. the white house and senate democrats have let these students down. i think that they deserve better. it is time for the president to lead, it is time for him to bring the senate democrat leaders together and develop a solution. it is time for the senate and white house they are the biggest issues facing our country, jobs and the economy. everyone deserves a new normal is better wages. >> being very direct, the house
in decades past i sink is unrealistic. from back is a story in may where harry reid said if the president wants to go to war in syria, he did not think he needed senate authorization to do so. >> i strongly disagree with that. are we ever going to learn from what we did in iraq and afghanistan? the american people have to be told very directly what the expense is, what the risk is in terms of men and women. chris is a kernel of 30 years of service, so he knows what the class of this is. he commanded several thousand men and women. and the cost to the treasury. guest: i absolutely agree with peter on that matter. it is clear from the founding that the slalom -- solemn decision on the use of force was given to the people's representatives. that is our responsibility. i have a bill as well, the war powers reform act that would insure the america's -- american people's voice is brought back in. me just tinker what peter says, clearly this is a humanitarian tragedy. there is our role for us in the space of diplomacy. i want to support what the administration is doing. they are in gauging with
, doubling. and the senate today at noon is going to vote on whether to begin to debate harry reid's proposal that would cap interest rates at 3.4%. in the meantime, college students are stuck in limbo. >> i do worry that i'll have a problem finding a job. and if i have a problem finding a job, well, there you go. i can't pay back my loans. >> reporter: college students all over the country just like georgetown university's brandon anderson are getting slapped with higher loan rates. if congress doesn't act fast, anderson says he'll have to bay a whopping $4,000 more after graduation. right now, about 7 million students who take out federally subsidized student loans will see their interest rates jump from 3.4% to 6.8%. and congress can do something right now to stop this. but instead, they're bickering. republicans say the market should set interest rates, while democrats argue students need more protection. >> the two republican proposals one from the house and one from the senate are worse than nothing. >> reporter: if congress fails to come to an agreement, officials say the average stude
in washington. as senator harry reid considers a massive change in the way washington works and the republicans are calling it a political pay back to organized labor. i am martha in for megyn kelliy. senate majority leader is moting with fellow democrats and discussing the rowel change that would give the president enormous power since it would allow the senate to approve white house
these things. senator harry reid talking about the filibuster on the senate floor, and we'll turn it up on "meet the press." he is becoming angry about the nomination of the the cabinet nominees. democrats argue that the president was elected and should have a leeway to pick his own staff. the rules change, four, would not apply to judicial nominees. >>> and the house is set to vote on the version of the farm bill that would expand tax-payer funded crop insurance but cut food stamps. president obama said if it passes the house he'll veto it. the bill went down in defeat in the house last month when far right conservatives want even more cuts in spending than who were already in it to avoid a repeat of that embarrassment. g.o.p. leaders are calling for today's bill without amendments. >>> working together to create a comprehensive farm bill that aid farmers and people who need the food and nutrition assistance. but this time the republicans split the bill to take out the food stamp component with the idea they could deal with that part later if ever. the white house said not okay to put
nominees. then afternoon majority leader harry reid took steps to set up votes and cut off debate on a number of those nominations, including top spot to the labor department, the informal protection agency, and the consumer financial protection bureau. watch live on c-span2, the house on c-span. today the heritage foundation held a discussion of proposed changes to the senate filibuster rule. we heard about the so-called nuclear option which allows the senate to lower the 60 vote threshold to end filibusters on judicial and executive branch nominations. here's a look. >> now, it is true that right now senator reid does not have 60 votes in his caucus, and he is supposedly going to use the nuclear option to change all the now, this is not the first time that this issue is,. when senator phil frist was the senate majority leader and was being frustrated by votes on judicial nominations, he proposed the nuclear option, and the result was that a gain of 14, seven republicans and seven democrats work together and came to the floor and said no. we are not going down the road. and that
about proposed changes to senate rules. this after majority leader harry reid announced thursday that he would consider using the so-called nuclear option in voting on executive branch nominees that have been awaiting confirmation. the option would allow nominees to be confirmed by a simple majority votes. it's eight to five years with the press secretary had to send the matter. >> we have made clear that the president is frustrated with will be a scene from republicans when it comes to the confirmation process. not only to he make it clear that he include sections about it 80's to the union addresses including 2012. so we share the frustration. the nominations up on the hill today the continue to be instructed, have been held up for over a hundred days. and that's not how. when it comes to nec's steps we defer to the senator. varia pursue overall he is done and is doing and will do to be sure that the president's qualified nominees are confirmed. >> to see believe that they should go through with them a clear option? senator obama, he once said the roles were reversed and the majority w
in the clarity with the white house wants to see happen right now. the senator harry reid today when speaking with reporters mentioned he was seeking a meeting but dennis mcdonald house allows arne duncan and the education secretary. i gathered that would be an opportunity to get a better sense where the administration is and how hard they are going to push for the solution to be realized. >> congressional reporter for "the wall street journal," we appreciate you being with us. >> the senate judiciary committee hearing this morning for the fbi director nominee. a registered republican he formerly served as a u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york and as a deputy attorney general during the george w. bush administration resigning in 2000 for the concerns he raised about electronic surveillance workers he thought to be illegal. the administration eventually halted the program. during today's hearing the chairman patrick leahy of for want asked him about the nsa collection of u.s. phone records and internal data. >> the surveillance power of the fbi had grown. they are becoming more
, senate majority leader harry reid stated, if we do nothing, student loan rates go to 6.8%. as reported by politico. in case you forgot, interest rates doubled to .8% last week. the house acted to prevent it. the senate did not. today "the washington post" editorial board writes, i quote, the senate is set to consider on wednesday the keep student loans affordable act in what could be the chamber's only reaction to the recent doubling of a low student loan interest rate. lawmakers should reject this pathetic, nonsolution. end of quote. the editorial continues, and i quote, with the president and the house in near alignment on student loan issue, the senate has no excuse to fail. mr. obama should press democrats hard and work with republicans to strike a deal. not to vote for dead end policy. again, end of quotes. unfortunately rather than solve problems, the senate is wasting the american people's time and moving forward with another dead end policy. what today's post refers to as another campaign gimmick. the people deserve better. our students deserve better in this country. mr. speak
interview with harry reid. >>> a senior defense official says the u.s. will go ahead with the next delivery of four f-16 fighter jets to egypt despite the political unrest there. the jets are part of an order placed more than two years ago when president hosni mubarak was still in office. >>> for the first time, the navy has landed an unmanned drone on an aircraft carrier. the experimental jet-sized drone piloted by computer landed on the uss george h.w. bush on wednesday. >>> michigan police are looking for a driver who backed into a woman pushing a stroller. all is caught on camera. the woman was pushing the stroller with her 1-year-old son inside. the driver dragged the stroller a short distance before stopping briefly to allow the mother to get the child out of the stroller, but then he proceeded to drive off. the child fortunately was not injured. >>> personal hygiene takes extra effort aboard the international space station. astronaut karen nyburg posted this. she rubs in a little water, some no-rinse shampoo. then combs it out or up. there she goes, she's ready for another day in orb
politics. they brought you the greatest hits of the laced -- last election cycle. reid.ked for harry just macintosh, a director at emily's list. hopefully everyone knows emily's list. darian porton. working with pro-choice candidates all over the country to stock the republican -- top the republican -- stop the republican assault on women's rights. she has a great twitter feed. a.the right, james carter you may know him as the researcher before the -- behind the 47% say. behind the 47% take. is consulting for media matters for america, the media watchdog dornan fox news'side. all the way on the end, amanda terkel, who is a reporter and editor at "the huffington post." fans, wehe seinfeld "terkel," because she is oh is beating us on getting scoops. the first and want to do is run through the election cycle in research, and tracking. the greatest hits, if you will. with james,art off to give us a little bit of background on the story of the 47% tape. >> ok. research, doing this looking for videos about republicans saying stupid things , because it was fun at first. it went from being fun to
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